Pre-ordering is an amazing thing to do for authors - whether from Amazon or (preferably) your local bookshop.
It builds up the publishers' faith and means they print more.
So Suzannah would be forever grateful if you'd preorder a copy.
And it means you'll get it hot off the press...
What's it about? Here's the official blurb.
Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Witchcraft is a clear, simple and entertaining introduction to the magical myths that have coloured the popular imagination for centuries.
Written by celebrated historian and broadcaster Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, Witchcraft explores the moment in history when witches were perceived to be especially dangerous: the famous witch hunts between 1450 and 1750.
Written by the leading lights and most outstanding communicators in their fields, the Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history and culture.
For an adult readership, the Ladybird Expert series is produced in the same iconic small hardback format pioneered by the original Ladybirds. Each beautifully illustrated book features the first new illustrations produced in the original Ladybird style for nearly forty years.
Here’s the unofficial blurb:
In a short volume that can be read in one sitting, Suzannah has tried to explain why - at one moment in history - huge numbers of people were persecuted, prosecuted, and executed for witchcraft. It hadn't happened before; it hasn't happened since. Why did it happen then?
When’s it out?
Who’s illustrating it?
The really wonderful Martyn Pick, who has a style that blends realism and fantasy in a way that makes his illustrations powerful means of telling the story of witchcraft and the witch-hunts.